Book Reviews of The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman
ISBN-13: 9780345348036
ISBN-10: 0345348036
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 283
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 381

4.2 stars, based on 381 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

42 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed The Princess Bride on
Helpful Score: 5
Considering that the cinematic version of this story is one of my all-time favorite movies, it somewhat boggles me that I took this long to read the book! I love it!!! William Goldman's prologue and his little asides are great!

Read it, read it, read it!

What a classic story!
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Helpful Score: 4
This is one of my favorite books ever! I have seen the movie version too many times to count but the book is just as good if not better. I especially like the description of the "Pit of Despair" from the book. If you have enjoyed the movie version this book is a "must read".
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Helpful Score: 4
When I first read this, I was under the impression that this really was an abridgment, that there was an S Morgenstern and perhaps even a Florin or Guilder at some point in history. I was annoyed by the author commentary initially...thinking "just get on with the story...you're ruining it." Reading it again with the knowledge that S Morgenstern is one of William Goldmans pen names, his father never read it to him because it never existed, and all the snide asides he made throughout the book were not to belittle the original author but rather add to the comedy and satire...I'm glad it was left in! The asides are proof that writers have wayyyy too much time on their hands, but it was so creatively and convincingly done that many people (myself not excluded) finish the book believing every word about the history of Florin and "the original text". The Princess Bride is a very clever little book...it makes mention that it's for children, but I don't buy that. Better than the movie of course, but the movie is surprisingly faithful...there were only a few bits in the book that didn't make the movie that I missed. This book is a good little bit of escapism...the author is a self indulgent but brilliant man. Highest recommendations to anyone looking for lighter fare and a good laugh.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Great book! I'd seen the movie several times, and as expected, the book goes into much greater detail. It's a lot of fun to read whether you've seen the movie yet or not.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 82 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
While I did not find the book a dismal failure, I did find reading it tedius. Could Goldman not just tell the story instead of including his own snide remarks? Also, I found that the pace of the story and lack of attention to detail disturbing. Perhaps I was spoiled by the movie (which I found to be far superior to the book).
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
For the time period this was written in, this is an astounding work of comeic genius. The humor used is more like today's - no wonder Morgenstern never got much fame out of this book. But heck - sword fights, true love, the dead coming back to life - this book has it all. The movie pretty much stayed true to the book, and the book was awesome, if you didn't already grasp that from my previous sentences. I LOVE THIS BOOK, even if the ending was a bit disappointing.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Helpful Score: 1
Read this years ago and my mother kept asking me what I was reading because I kept laughing. Very funny!
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A classic medieval melodrama that sounds like all the Saturday serials you ever saw, feverishly reworked by the Marx Brothers. Extremely funny, most original, and a deeply moving novel.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is one of the few books I've read that I think is better as a movie. The extra details that are in the book (but didn't make it to the film) aren't all that compelling.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 80 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book. It feels like a "children's book for grown-ups," just like the movies The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. That is, the story is framed as a fairy or fantasy tale, but the humor is adult. I prefer the book to the movie.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Helpful Score: 1
A delightful story for all ages! The movie is just as good.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 42 more book reviews
Okay so lets be honest, I read this book because I love the movie.

I must admit that I do not like the book as much as the movie. However there are a number of very interesting things in the book.

First, the bad, I found the sections that were not related to the story, you know where the grandfather is reading in the movie, very slow. The screenplay also changed the narrator in the movie. However, the thing I am most disappointed with, is that Buttercup is totally unbearable on paper...even more sappy than in the movie. I literally wanted to throw the book against the wall when she spoke, which is not often. For a book about her, there is very little with her in it.

Okay onto the fun stuff...the narrator in the book is William Goldman, the author, screenplay writer. It is a running dialog of his thoughts related to the book he is compressing. You get a little bit about his family (not sure if this is true) and a little bit about his job (I looked this up and it was confirmed, so when he talks about Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, well, it is because he wrote it!)

I liked the back story on Fezzik and Inigo, they are after all in my opinion, what makes the story so good.

Here is what I am not sure about...my particular copy of this book has an additional chapter (maybe) called Buttercup's Baby. I really liked the story, could not stand his constant breaking in because it made the last 40 pages much longer than they needed to be...but it gives you a bit of insight into what does happen after "happily ever after"

All in all it was a fun read, I would not call it quick but if you love the movie you will definitely get some more depth from reading the book.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
My absolute favorite book! This book dips into imagination, while holding onto real emotions like love and sadness. Great book!
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 3 more book reviews
Great book. Very funny, especially that last, super charged, uber fast paced, chapter.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 2 more book reviews
A wonderful, wonderful story. A fun story to read, especially to read aloud.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
The book isn't as comical (in the same way) as the movie. The abridged version is funny because the author "talks" with you the audience.

Great book to have in your library.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 23 more book reviews
It was a sweet little story well suited to read to a child or simply enjoy by yourself. If you saw the movie, the book has very little extra, except it does have a pretty great pair of introductions, one by the author. It includes the bonus chapter of an unwritten sequel, Buttercup's Baby.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
I really enjoyed this book. I had only seen the movie before and this by far had more content. I liked Mr. Goldman's history and his comments within the book.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 29 more book reviews
"What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince inthe world -- and he turns out to be a son of a bitch?"

Movie tie in but well worth the read for all the additional humor William Goldman packed the book witht hat didn't make it into the film version.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 5 more book reviews
A classic...very enjoyable, quick read...
reviewed The Princess Bride on
This is a classic book - A wonderful read!
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 3 more book reviews
very sweet and funny
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 14 more book reviews
everyone should read this book
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Great story! Definitely worth re-reading again and again.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 141 more book reviews
For once the book and the movie are on equal footing

I absolutely LOVED reading this book....

Goldman claims took out the "dry" and "boring stuff" that Morgenstern had in his book. Which basically means all the satire on Florin is gone (the stuff that the Florin history buffs love). Of course, now I want to go hunt up his enormous book and read it for myself (even though this "unabridged" book doesn't exist ... I know, I tried finding it!), even though apparently Morgenstern wasn't concerned about the material that makes up the hilarious "good parts" version. The book is just as quotable as the movie. ...It really is a must read.

Goldman's "abridgement" style is wonderful. He tells you what he is cutting out and why, and then tells the story in Morgenstern's actual words. Well, that's what he wants you to think ... I think it's just part of Goldman's style to say he edited a book to allow for some of the "lapses" - but that doesn't change the fact that I think this is a great book! And the lapses fit the style of the book very well -creative writing in fine form.

Read the book...Enjoy life. Unlike Westley you probably only have one to live.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 81 more book reviews
I love this book!!!!!!
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 24 more book reviews
A fun read.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 2 more book reviews
Fun, lighthearted book perfect for my weekend away.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
A classic! A must read for all!
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 1072 more book reviews
"what happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince in the world - and he turns out to be a son of a Bitch"
reviewed The Princess Bride on
excellent book
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 9 more book reviews
Definitely one of my favorite books, though William Goldman could have cut back on all the dialogue he added in. He also should have, in my opinion, left in some of the history that he took out. It would be very interesting to know a little about all the places you go throughout the book.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 902 more book reviews
For anyone who has seen Christopher Guest's "mocumentaries" (This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind) and loved them, then this book is definitely for you. Goldman takes a joke and runs with it throughout the entire novel, and does so with a completely straight face. For starters, there is no S. Morgenstern (he was made up by Goldman) and there is no "original and unabridged" version of The Princess Bride. This book is the only version that has ever existed. In fact, Goldman makes up most of his own personal life as well (he has two daughters in real life, and no sons) to the point where you really have no idea what is true and what is completely made up.

As a stand-alone fairy tale, the story itself is actually pretty weak. There is surprisingly little character development and the plot is absurdly simple. The author's prolific comments and interjections, were they true, would ruin the flow of any other narrative. But when those two elements are combined, you are left with a fantastic compilation of satire and humor.

Fortunately, I learned that this book was written in a "mocumentary" style prior to reading it and was therefore able to enjoy it for what it really was: a story that, for no reason whatsoever, should ever be taken seriously. Had I taken this book at face value, it would have irritated me to no end and I'm pretty sure that I would have hated it. The fairy tale part of the book follows the movie almost exactly, but it is the element of "everything else" that makes this book truly unique and a very enjoyable read.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 9 more book reviews
The language is a bit hard to read, but it's VERY funny.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 356 more book reviews
Great and truly hilarious tale written in a very different style.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 10 more book reviews
One of my favorite books of all time.
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Its just like the movie, if you ever seen the movie. I thought the book was ok. I liked the movie better.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 6 more book reviews
A 30 year old guy checking in. I am a HUGE fan of the movie, and a big reader- so I figured I'd read the book my favorite movie was based on... I am sorry- It really annoyed me throughout the whole book. There seemed to be a lot of content that was left out of the movie for a reason, and I think that reason was good.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 44 more book reviews
Buy the movie. It's better than the book. Actually, the movie is one of the best movies I've ever seen. The book is a little too cutesy for me, but the movie turns that into charming.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 49 more book reviews
The movie is better, but the movie stayed pretty close to the book. There were a few changes, but not enough to gripe about.
reviewed The Princess Bride on + 27 more book reviews
Different cover, but same book. :)
reviewed The Princess Bride on
Different cover